Paihia cruises destination information
The Stunning Main Port of Paihia
Here you can see where modern New Zealand was born. The Bay of Islands is located 140 miles north of Auckland, New Zealand, in the long finger-like stretch that runs from Auckland to Cape Reinga. Geographically speaking, the Bay of Islands is a "drowned river system" - an area where the sea has inundated a series of river valleys. The Bay of Islands is the finest Maritime Park in New Zealand, with secluded bays and an abundance of marine life. Ever since Captain Cook sailed into this bay containing nearly 150 islands, the region has become a sightseer and settler's delight. Every imaginable water sport is pursued with big game fishing a particular favorite. The Bay's three principal towns Waitangi, Paihia and Russell provide excellent tourist facilities while retaining many monuments to their lively histories.
- Ships anchor in the Bay of Islands and the ships tenders transfer passengers ashore to Paihia Wharf
- Points of Interest: Paihai: The Church of St. Paul, Shipwreck Museum, Marsden Cross, Moturua Island, Waitangi, Treaty House built in 1833. Russell: Pompallier House, Christ Church, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Flagstaff (Maiki) Hill, Waitangi Mangrove Forest, the Stone Store (museum) and Rewa's Village.
Tender Port - Wheelchair access limited and some mobility may be required to board tenders.
Cruise Port: What to do in Paihia
Paihia is the sparkling jewel in New Zealand's Bay of Island's crown, with a laid-back lifestyle and an abundance of activities on offer every day of the year. It's a small town, but one that will leave a lasting mark on your traveller's heart and one that will likely see you again for a return visit.
At three hours north of Auckland, it's one of the northernmost cities of New Zealand and as such, enjoys warm, sunny weather throughout most of the year. It's also the perfect place to use as a starting point for exploring the scenic Bay of Islands.
Getting around Paihia
When you arrive in Paihia, you will be tendered to shore on a smaller ship as the port is not big enough for cruise ships. Your ship will organise shuttles to take you from the wharf into town, most likely to the Paihia Maritime Building.
Once you're in Paihia, it's a small enough place to stroll around, check out the shops and enjoy a few activities without worrying about transport. Should you wish to visit an attraction a little further away, there are taxis in town that can take you there.
Money matters in Paihia
When in port in Paihia, you'll be using New Zealand dollars. Most of New Zealand is generally a cashless society, so shops, bars and restaurants will all have credit card options. However, Amex is not accepted in some places.
It is a good idea to have some cash on you in case of smaller purchases, and keep in mind that tips are not expected.
Culture in Paihia
Paihia is a pivotal location in New Zealand's history. It was first inhabited by local Maori populations, which were discovered by Captain James Cook when he first sailed into the harbour in 1769. It wasn't long after that the first whalers and sealers arrived and began to create the first European settlement in the country.
The following decades were not always smooth with the two cultures clashing and intermixing to become an important part of what New Zealand was to be. The Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement between the two cultures, was eventually signed in February of 1840 just 2 kilometres from Paihia, and remains the country's most significant national agreement today.
These days visitors can enjoy the evidence of both cultures throughout the town through art, events and everything in between.
Internet services in Paihia
There is no free public Wi-Fi in Paihia, but you may be able to stop in at a cafe or restaurant. Many of these establishments offer free connection for paying customers.
Things to do in Paihia
Independent touring or cruise ship excursions
When you board your cruise ship, you'll have the option of picking and choosing which tours you'd like to do at each port once you arrive. This is an extremely easy process, where you simply fill out a quick form and hand it in. There are a huge range of options for what to do in Paihia, and each one is organised so that you'll be picked up, taken on the excursion, then dropped off with plenty of time to spare before your ship departs. The cost for these trips is charged to your cabin account.
The other option is to book your own tours or adventures independently. You're more than welcome to organise this on your own, and it can be a cheaper option that offers less cramped trips. Should you go down this path, don't forget to double check the timing, as you'll need to make sure you're back at the ship before it departs.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Whether or not you're into your history, the Treaty of Waitangi Grounds is simply too important to miss. It's the country's most important historic attraction, and your admission includes a guided tour of the site, a cultural performance, and entry into the new Museum of Waitangi. It's cheaper for New Zealand residents with a piece of relevant ID.
As you pull into harbour on your New Zealand cruise, you'll quickly see how gorgeous the Bay of Islands area really is. A great way to experience it up close is to jump straight back onto a boat and go for another cruise. Many of these boats incorporate the chance to see dolphins in the bay, as well as the iconic â€˜Hole in the Rock', a natural formation at the tip of the Bay of Islands.
Other cruises will focus purely on visiting the local dolphin populations. These beautiful creatures are playful and incredible, and some options even allow you the chance to get into the warm waters for a swim with them.
To get a feel for the area and a guided introduction to Paihia's most interesting history and sites, a small sightseeing tour could be the best option. In the space of a few hours, you'll likely visit areas such as the Kerikeri township, the Haruru Waterfall, Makana Boutique Chocolates, the Stone Store (New Zealand's oldest building) and Kawakawa's famous toilets!
Of course, you can always simply get off in port and wander the town. The craft markets and stores are a delight, and a day spent by the beach is simply unbeatable.
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